Questions

Mar. 28th, 2011 06:29 pm
stoutfellow: Joker (Joker)
It's been a while since I've done a meme, but [profile] gryphons_lair tagged me, so....

Question Meme Thingee
Meme via [profile] gryphons_lair.

The Rules:
1. People who have been tagged must write the answers on their blog and replace any question they dislike with a new, original question.
2. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you. (Fat chance. I'll play, but I won't spread the infection.)

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1. Make a list of 5 things you can see without getting up.
Many many books.
A gooseneck lamp.
A broken kitchen timer, the wind-up kind.
One of Gracie's legs. (She's under the chair.)
A framed print of Maxfield Parrish's Ecstasy

2. How do you style your hair?
When it's short, in the warm months, I sweep it straight back, no part. In the cold months, I let it have its own way, pretty much. (It's long and unwieldy enough, just now, that I'm really longing for warm weather to return....)

3. What are you wearing now?
Long-sleeved heavy plaid shirt.
Plain dark-tan pants, of some very soft and comfortable material.
Thick wooly tan socks.
The rest is none of your business.

4. What's your occupation?
I'm a professor of mathematics.

5. What do you hear right now?
Sly and the Family Stone's recording of "Family Affair"; not much else audible over that.

6. Who was the last person you hugged?
Probably my sister E., around Christmastime.

7. What are you thinking about right now?
Not much, really. This meme, as much as anything.

8. What did you do today?
Websurfed, went back to bed, got up and had breakfast, refilled the dogs' food and water, websurfed, read the paper and did the sudoku, went to work early to watch a job candidate's research presentation, worked on the prisms paper, gave a lecture on mathematics in the early 18th century, came home, had dinner, websurfed....

9. What song is stuck in your head?
None at the moment. Jimi was singing "Angel" there for a while.

10. If you came across $2,000 (or other currency), would you keep it or turn it in?
I hope I'd turn it in.

11. What was the last thing that you bought?
A bottle of tea from a vending machine.

12. If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Definitely some part of Europe I haven't been to; Spain, most likely, though I'd give some thought to Greece.

13. Where do you see yourself in five minutes?
Heh. Still websurfing.

14. Last book you've read?
The last one I finished was Shaman's Crossing, by Robin Hobb. I'm currently reading a history of the Habsburg Empire by Robert Kann and Jemisin's The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

15. What was the last movie you saw?
The recent remake of True Grit.

16. If you could have any profession, what would it be?
The one I've got. They pay me to do things I love to do; what's not to like?

17. Favorite food?
Hard to say; they're not linearly ordered. Pad thai, maybe.

18. What is one thing about you most people don't know?
The tip of my left elbow... isn't there; I shattered it and smashed the bursa horsing around in high school

19. What are you looking forward to the most?
Hard to choose between RenoVation, finishing the prisms paper, and teaching a graduate course in topology this summer.

20. Did you replace many questions?
None.
stoutfellow: Joker (Joker)
This is a meme (pronounced "me-me") that's been popping up here and there, supposedly comparing the writing style of a given text to those of thirty or so well-known authors. I fed it three of my recent LJ posts, "Doors", "Green Patches & Danellians", and "The Path to Power".

"Doors", a pair of anecdotes about Buster, me, and doors, wound up as "like J. K. Rowling".

"Green Patches & Danellians", a critical comment on a couple of SF writers, scored as "like Isaac Asimov". (The Good Doctor, of course, was one of the writers I was talking about.)

"The Path to Power", a brief discussion of Robert Caro's biography of LBJ, was... "like H. P. Lovecraft".

Mm-hm. :backs away slowly:

Typealyzer

Nov. 21st, 2008 07:26 pm
stoutfellow: (Ben)
Oh, before I forget: I tried out the Typealyzer, which purports to do a Myers-Briggs analysis on the basis of what appears in a blog. Feeding it this address, I was surprised to be classed as ISTP, "the Mechanic".

I pulled out my copy of Kiersey and Bates to refresh my memory. It's been quite a while, but the last time I used their test I came out INTX (split decision on P/J on the last axis). K&B tell me that:
  • ISTPs thrive on excitement; they crave some excitement each day, in the form of fast motion - racing, sky diving, or surfing, for example.
  • The ISTP nature is most easily seen in their mastery of tools, tools of any kind, from microscopic drill to supersonic jet.
  • One tool especially attractive to the ISTP is the weapon.
  • ISTPs communicate through action, and show little interest in developing verbal skills.
  • Possessed of artisan intelligence, ISTP is not in the least interested in the clerical, interpretive, and "science" curricula that abound in the 20th century school.
Oh, yeah, that's me to a *tee*. :rolls eyes:

106

May. 17th, 2008 09:47 pm
stoutfellow: My summer look (Summer)
What the heck.

The following list contains the top 106 books most often marked as "unread" at LibraryThing. As in, they sit on the shelf because you were supposed to read them for school or uni, because you felt you should read them because they are classics or because everyone else loves them. Or because it’s simply chique to have certain books on your shelves.

* Bold the ones you’ve read.
* Italicize the ones you started but didn’t finish.
* Add asterisks (*) to the ones you own.

The List )

Tagged!

May. 3rd, 2008 07:05 pm
stoutfellow: My summer look (Summer)
I was tagged by [livejournal.com profile] windtear.

The rules:
a. Link to the person who tagged you.
b. Post the rules on your blog.
c. Write six random things about yourself.
d. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
e. Let each person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment at their blog.
f. Let your tagger know when your entry is up.

Hmm, hmm. It took me a while to come up with six things that were even remotely interesting and that I haven't talked about much on LJ. Here they are:

Six Things )

As I've said before, I don't tag, but if anyone cares to follow suit, feel free!
stoutfellow: (Ben)
I figure 75+ hours is enough time. Here are the sources of the song lines I posted.

1. "As far as I can see, this is heaven": "It's Not for Me to Say", Johnny Mathis
2. "We've been through so much together, we stand as one, and that's what makes it better": "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby", Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville
3. "If I tell you, if I tell you now, will you keep on telling me?": "The Sweetest Taboo", Sade
4. "Money, we make it, 'fore we see it, you take it": "Inner City Blues", Marvin Gaye
5. "I guess when you met me, it was just one of those things": "Come Rain or Come Shine", The Walker Brothers
6. "As I lay by your side 'n' hold you tonight, I want you to understand": "There's No Way", Alabama
7. "Girl you're such a bad thing, standing there all alone": "Do It to Me", Lionel Richie
8. "Deep down inside, I know I still love him, but he'll never know, I'll never tell": "I Keep It Hid", Linda Ronstadt
9. "Green fields and rolling hills, room enough to do what we will": "Been to Canaan", Carole King
10. "Up in the morning and out to school, the teacher is teaching the Golden Rule": "School Day", Chuck Berry
11. "We hear you're leaving, that's OK": "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", Steely Dan
12. "I'm always somewhere that I never belong": "Missing You", Dan Fogelberg
13. "Look out of my window, see the world passing by": "One More Time to Live", The Moody Blues
14. "Yeah I was livin' in St. Louis in the year 1955": "Bio", Chuck Berry
15. "There's a lotta strange men in Cell Block 10": "The Wall", Johnny Cash
16. "Remember hallways you're waiting always to see behind the door": "She Is Still a Mystery", The Lovin' Spoonful
17. "When the Sun comes up on a sleepy little town, down around San Antone": "China Grove", The Doobie Brothers
18. "I've been thinking about our fortune and I've decided that we're really not to blame": "The Story in Your Eyes", The Moody Blues
19. "When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now": "When I'm Sixty-Four", The Beatles
20. "Hang it up, boys, yesterday's dreams and matinees": "Hoppy's Gone", Roger Miller
21. "It's not that you're wrong, it's just that I am right": "Indication", The Zombies
22. "Sailing away on the crest of a wave, it's like magic": "Livin' Thing", ELO
23. "Show me a river that's so deep, show me a mountain so high": "Sweet Love", Lionel Richie
24. "Lately, love keeps keeping me awake at night": "Stop to Love", Luther Vandross
25. "Running out of self-control, getting close to an overload": "Be Good to Yourself", Journey
stoutfellow: (Ben)
I thought I'd try this one, a challenge for y'all. These are lines from twenty-five songs, taken from the top of Playlist #1 on my hard drive. Two points for the song title; one point for naming somebody who sang it, two if it's the version I have. [No Googling, of course.]

1. "As far as I can see, this is heaven"
2. "We've been through so much together, we stand as one, and that's what makes it better"
3. "If I tell you, if I tell you now, will you keep on telling me?"
4. "Money, we make it, 'fore we see it, you take it"
5. "I guess when you met me, it was just one of those things" [?, "Come Rain or Come Shine", [livejournal.com profile] countrycousin]
6. "As I lay by your side 'n' hold you tonight, I want you to understand"
7. "Girl you're such a bad thing, standing there all alone"
8. "Deep down inside, I know I still love him, but he'll never know, I'll never tell"
9. "Green fields and rolling hills, room enough to do what we will"
10. "Up in the morning and out to school, the teacher is teaching the Golden Rule" [Chuck Berry, "School Day", [livejournal.com profile] mukhtar]
11. "We hear you're leaving, that's OK"
12. "I'm always somewhere that I never belong"
13. "Look out of my window, see the world passing by"
14. "Yeah I was livin' in St. Louis in the year 1955"
15. "There's a lotta strange men in Cell Block 10" [Johnny Cash, ?, [livejournal.com profile] neonnurse]
16. "Remember hallways you're waiting always to see behind the door" [The Lovin' Spoonful, "She Is Still a Mystery", [livejournal.com profile] neonnurse]
17. "When the Sun comes up on a sleepy little town, down around San Antone" [Doobie Brothers, "China Grove", [livejournal.com profile] whouseknecht]
18. "I've been thinking about our fortune and I've decided that we're really not to blame" [Moody Blues, "The Story in Your Eyes", [livejournal.com profile] whouseknecht]
19. "When I get older, losing my hair, many years from now" [Beatles, "When I'm 64", [livejournal.com profile] kikibug13]
20. "Hang it up, boys, yesterday's dreams and matinees"
21. "It's not that you're wrong, it's just that I am right"
22. "Sailing away on the crest of a wave, it's like magic" [ELO, "Livin' Thing", [livejournal.com profile] whouseknecht]
23. "Show me a river that's so deep, show me a mountain so high"
24. "Lately, love keeps keeping me awake at night"
25. "Running out of self-control, getting close to an overload"

Have at it!
stoutfellow: Joker (Default)
Who comments the most on this journal? )
stoutfellow: (Winter)
I just ran the "Celebrity Collage" thingumbob that's been making the rounds, using my summer-morph photo. The number-one match?

Chuck Norris.

... he cocks an eyebrow, and memes do themselves!

(OK, so it was only a 62% match...)

Memery

Aug. 16th, 2007 06:47 pm
stoutfellow: My summer look (Summer)
Meme from [livejournal.com profile] selenite:
1. Leave me a casual comment of no particular significance, like a lyric to your current favorite song, your favorite kind of sandwich, or maybe your favorite game. Any remark, meaningless or not.
2. I will respond by asking you five personal questions so I can get to know you better.
3. Update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. Include this explanation and offer to ask someone else in your own post.
5. When others respond with a desultory comment, you will ask them five questions.

Would you accept a chair in Illuminati University's Department of Inapplicable Mathematics?
Only if the building is far enough away from the Department of Weird and Unusual Science and Engineering.

What's your favorite Heyer novel?
Mmm. That's hard to say. I thought The Talisman Ring was hilarious.

How often do million-to-one chances come off?
How often do they come up?

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck?
How far do you want it to chuck it? They have those stubby little arms....

Most profs could keep their jobs without tenure. Of those who need tenure to stay employed, what fraction deserve to?
Touchy question. Incompetence or inadequate performance is sufficient grounds for revocation of tenure; I don't have broad enough knowledge to say how often that's actually invoked.
stoutfellow: My summer look (Summer)
Brett, at English, Jack, has tagged me with the Eight Facts meme.

These are the rules:
  1. We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.
  2. Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  3. People who are tagged need to write in their own blog about their eight things and include these rules in the post.
  4. At the end of your post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  5. Don't forget to leave them a comment telling them they're tagged, and to read your blog.

Eight Facts )

I don't go in for tagging, so I'll skip #4, but if you're reading this and want to play, feel free.
stoutfellow: Joker (Default)
I took the "American dialect" quiz that's making the rounds; it gave me the Midland and Southern maps and descriptions. That sounds about right; I've said before - though perhaps not here - that I speak a Southern-tinged Midland dialect.

Okayyy...

Dec. 24th, 2006 07:51 pm
stoutfellow: (Ben)

The pellet with the poison's in the vessel with the stoutfellow.

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:

Nerdiness

Sep. 8th, 2006 06:18 am
stoutfellow: Joker (Default)
Well, why not?

I am nerdier than 95% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

Huh. I actually thought I'd score lower than that; I don't care about the Mac/Windows/Linux wars, for instance. I guess that PhD counts for a lot...
stoutfellow: Joker (Default)
Me and lists again. This time, it's a list of the Hugo winners for Best Novel. I've bolded the ones I've read and italicized the ones I own.

Hugo-winning novels )

101 Movies

Apr. 21st, 2006 09:43 am
stoutfellow: Joker (Default)
Since I list "movies" among my interests, I guess I'm obligated to deal with this one, gacked from [livejournal.com profile] autographedcat. It's Roger Ebert's Jim Emerson's list of "the movies you just kind of figure everybody ought to have seen in order to have any sort of informed discussion about movies"; I've bolded the ones that I've seen.

101 Movies )

So I've seen just under half of them. Most of the rest are in my collection, and will get seen sooner or later.

Wiki

Apr. 9th, 2006 02:41 pm
stoutfellow: Joker (Default)
So, well, I looked up my birthday on Wikipedia for Significant Events, as so many on my FL have been doing. I'm pleased (as a mathematician) to note that I share a birthday with Isaac Newton (New Style, mind you), and (as a dilettante linguist) also with Jakob Grimm. As a history buff, I suppose the best I can claim is Doris Kearns Goodwin.

On the "famous deaths" front, among the most prominent are Henri Bergson, Albert Camus, T. S. Eliot, and Erwin Schrödinger. Less famous, but of interest to me: Elizabeth Ann Seton, Gabriel Cramer, and Humphrey Carpenter.

Famous events? Not a lot: the landing of the Spirit rover in 2004, Nixon's refusal to hand over the Watergate tapes in 1974, Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society" speech in 1965, the first successful appendectomy (1885) and the founding of the Fabian Society (1884).

I think I'm best pleased by the birthday list.
stoutfellow: Joker (Default)
I tried out TrustFlow II for LiveJournal. The following people not on the friends list for [livejournal.com profile] stoutfellow are close by: More results below the cut... )

Created by ciphergoth; hosted by LShift.

TrustFlow II: Who is closest to your friends list?

stoutfellow: Joker (Default)
Since [livejournal.com profile] filkferengi insists,
Five Guilts )

Yes'm

Feb. 5th, 2006 06:42 pm
stoutfellow: Joker (Default)
Since [livejournal.com profile] hornedhopper asked: the fifth sentence of my 23rd post was
Fortunately, one of the students was auditing the class, so I could, without any impropriety, ask him for a lift home after class.

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